Collector's edition by Amazon, hardback, 170 p.
Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take their fates into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and "that magic causes as much trouble as it cures."These tales were truly a joy to read! I think my favourite was ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, or maybe ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump’ but actually they were all imaginative and well told. I loved Dumbledore’s notes at the end of each tale giving some historical insight to when the stories were written, and his typical way of looking at things made me smile several times. Overall, it was very fun to return to the world of Harry Potter, even if it was much too short a visit.
But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection.
As for the Collector’s Edition, I was quite disappointed with the poor quality of the book. The metal designs applied to the front cover were noticeably crooked and overall the materials just didn’t seem to be worth the $100 price tag, not to mention the occasional typos and smudged printing. I know the proceeds go to charity but I couldn’t justify spending that much money on something that I didn’t totally love and want to treasure. So my copy has already been sent back to Amazon for a full refund. I will buy a Standard Edition instead because the tales themselves are wonderful and I look forward to reading them again.
My Rating: 4/5
(#53 for 2008)